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Carla Atkinson

University of South Carolina

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Carla Atkinson joined the Rule of Law Collaborative as Administrative Assistant in October 2017.

Ms. Atkinson has over 35 years of experience working in the counseling, mental health and social service field, primarily with the U.S. Department of the Army. She established and executed the first Sexual Assault Prevention Program at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, South Carolina, and was a founding member of the Fort Jackson Female Mentorship Program. While her experience ranges from counseling and prevention education in the addiction field, she retired as the Director of Army Community Service at Fort Jackson, which is the largest basic training center in the U.S. Army. As part of the Global War on Terror, she also designed and directed family counseling services for the 173rd Airborne Brigade at their forward base in Caserme Ederle, Italy. These “Sky Soldiers” and spouse initiatives focused on effective solutions for the challenges inherent in a deployment environment, including relationship building, parenting, stress mediation for trauma, anger management, and others. She has been a Certified Employee Assistance Program Coordinator and a Federal Mediator/Alternate Dispute Resolution Counselor, and she has served in other leadership positions within the counseling arena for many years.

Ms. Atkinson currently serves as a Board Member, Speakers Bureau Member, and Volunteer with the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina.